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Abigail Bibler, an athlete on the Perrydale track and field team, was invited to compete in Australia next summer.
As of Wednesday, December 27, 2017
PERRYDALE — When Abigail Bibler was called into the school main office two months ago, she was more confused than anything else.
“They said I had a letter,” Bibler said. “I thought it was really weird because I never get letters at the school.”
The letter was from Down Under Sports and invited Bibler to compete in a track and field meet in Queensland, Australia, in July.
The Down Under International Track and Field games have run each year since 2000.
More than 700 athletes competed in last year’s track and field games.
Bibler finished 10th in the shot put at the OSAA 1A State Championships last May.
“I started telling my family and friends, and they all told me, this is a once-in-a-lifetime thing, you’ve got to go,” Bibler said.
She is raising money for the trip. She said she is looking to raise $5,000 by the end of May.
Track and field coach Brian Evans will handle anyone interested in donating to Bibler’s cause at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“It’s awesome that she has this goal in front of her,” Evans said. “I know she’ll work very hard to be a great competitor in Australia and here this spring. This opportunity has been a huge confidence builder for her, and I am excited to see how she does this year. I’m very proud of her.”
Bibler knows she has work to do in raising money, but she is excited for the chance to see a part of the world she never has before — and test her skills against athletes from around the world.
“I don’t know who I am competing with, but I’ve started working in a gym, I’m talking to a personal trainer, it’s just so crazy,” Bibler said. “When you go to state or a track meet in Oregon, you know pretty much everyone you’re competing with. This will be a little intimidating, but exciting. Like, this isn’t the Olympics, but it’s pretty much the Olympics for kids.”